The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has made a heartfelt plea to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to reconsider their proposed strike and suspend it in the best interest of the country. NANS National President, Mr Pedro Obi, expressed this appeal during a press conference held in Abeokuta on Saturday.
Recognizing the hardships faced by Nigerians, particularly the youth and student community, in the current challenging times, Obi emphasized that NANS shares in their pain. However, he believes that the planned strike, if carried out, would only exacerbate the ongoing economic crisis.
While acknowledging the labor unions’ right to make demands and resort to strikes to assert their concerns, Obi urged them to reconsider their decision. He emphasized the potential adverse impact on the nation’s security, economy, and, most importantly, the academic progress of students nationwide.
While acknowledging the power of a strike as a tool for change, Obi cautioned that it could lead to civil unrest and further worsen the country’s security and economic situation. Instead, he encouraged the labor unions to explore alternative means of dialogue and negotiation with relevant authorities.
Furthermore, Obi called upon the Federal Government to expedite the implementation of the new minimum wage, as it would significantly alleviate the plight of the people.